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Forrest Gump



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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MPAA Rating: PG-13

Tom Hanks stars as Forrest Gump, a perceptive simpleton who's been involved, in one way or another, with every major event of recent American history.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Sex noises coming from a bedroom window, while a child listens. A couple is shown kissing in bed and there is the suggestion of sex. A woman is shown in her underwear; she removes her bra and we see her bare back as she places a man's hand on her breast. A nude woman is shown covered only by a guitar; we see the side of her bare chest. A man's bottom is shown bandaged. Several men are seen bare to the waist, and a flash of bare bottoms in the distance.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A newsreel of George Wallace getting shot, and references to John and Bobby Kennedy being killed. Young boys throw rocks at another boy and hit him in the head. There is the insinuation of sexual child abuse. There are several fist fights which end in bloody noses, and a woman is slapped in the face and knocked down. War scenes from Vietnam show men being wounded and blown up: a large bloody gut wound, and a leg wound are shown graphically.

PROFANITY 5 - One F-word and several scatological and anatomical terms are used, as well as insults and derogatory racial references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug use, destiny, child abuse, the meaning of existence.

MESSAGE - Life is made out of distinct moments. We supply the larger context.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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